This summer I started picking locks. I love it. That feeling when it releases is euphoric. You can tinker mindlessly, or meticulously tease each pin like a puzzle.
I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. I was watching the Houdini & Doyle TV show and decided to finally jump in and learn picking. I got a started set and within ten minutes had my first padlock open.
Reddit has a great community and sources for learning. I have no nefarious intentions, it's purely a hobby. In fact, there are two rules lock pickers uphold:
1) Do not pick a lock that doesn't belong to you.
2) Do not pick a lock in use.
I only had three pad locks to play with. When my parents were out here I let my Dad in on my hobby. Yesterday I was thrilled to find he and my Mom sent me three new (old) locks to pick!
The cylinder locks were fairly easy. The circular padlock gave me trouble. After a few sessions I put some lubricant in and finally popped it today!
I picked all my locks again for fun:
Got any old locks? I'd love to take them off your hands. :-D